Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 22:10 UTC
Google "People are, unsurprisingly, upset that Microsoft have imposed UEFI Secure Boot on the x86 market. A situation in which one company gets to determine which software will boot on systems by default is obviously open to abuse. What's more surprising is that many of the people who are upset about this are completely fine with encouraging people to buy Chromebooks. Out of the box, Chromebooks are even more locked down than Windows 8 machines." Good point.
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Do Microsoft Respond Like This?
by segedunum on Tue 5th Feb 2013 00:22 UTC
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http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/22465.html?thread=856257#cmt856257

I can understand why they're using Secure Boot like this given what they want the Chromebook to actually be. Wiping user data when someone (could be you, could be someone else) installs another system on it is something you actually want to happen and you certainly do if you're an organisation with remote workers with these machines all over the place.

The tricky part here is differentiating between a legitimate person who wants to modify his/her system and someone malicious with a stolen machine and keeping the actual security usefulness of Secure Boot intact for the end user.

I have never seen an answer from Redmond on that topic.

The notion that Chromebooks are more locked down that Windows 8 machines is bollocks.

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